Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I meet with an Admissions counselor?

Yes! We look forward to meeting you at one of our events!

How long is the program?

Starting May 2016, five 15-week semesters over 20 months. For classes entering during and prior to September 2015, five 14-week semesters over 20 months.

Do you offer a flexible schedule (can I go part-time)?

The program is full-time and schedules are set in accordance to class/clinical availability.

What are the hours?

Varies from one semester to the next but the expectation is a minimum of 75 classroom hours and 180 clinical hours per 15-week semester. See sample schedule for incoming student.

Are the classes only held during the day?

The majority of your classes will be held during the day however, students are expected to be available Monday - Friday during the day and evening.

How many students do you accept?

Approximately 65-80 students per class.

What are the requirements?

You must complete all required general education courses to be admitted to the School. See the complete entrance requirements.

Where can I go for more information?

Please refer to our Catalog/Student Handbook or contact an admissions representative at 484-526-3443.

If I had a high school chemistry course, do I still need a college-level chemistry course?

Yes. See an updated list of acceptable courses at local colleges.

Do you require an entrance exam?

We require the ATI Critical Thinking exam, which is a 40-minute, 40 question multiple choice exam. This exam is designed to test one’s ability to use good judgment and reasoning and to think in a logical and orderly way. Since this is not a subject-based test, there are no study or preparatory materials available. Applicants must take the exam at St. Luke's School of Nursing.

How do I know if my college credits transfer?

Acceptable courses from local colleges are listed in this document. Upon receipt of your references and high school/college transcripts, an admissions representative will evaluate your credits and advise you of any additional courses needed to fulfill our program requirements.

Do I still need to send you a high school transcript when I have a college degree?

Yes, per the Department of Education. Our admission criteria is based on high school course completion as well.

What is a diploma in nursing?

Completion of a diploma nursing program allows you to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam to be an entry-level RN in less time than a 4-year college degree in nursing.  The diploma program is hospital-based and usually completes in about two years.  There are RN to BS in nursing completion programs if you decide later to pursue a college degree in nursing.

What is the NCLEX pass rate?

The PA NCLEX pass rate is consistently at or above state and national rates. See our Graduate Profile here.

Are there any requirements I must meet to sit for the NCLEX licensure examination?

Students are required to achieve a 90% score on the ATI® RN Comprehensive Predictor test before being approved to take the NCLEX-RN® exam for licensure. Students who do not achieve a 90% score are required to take the Virtual ATI NCLEX Review and provide evidence of "readiness to test" from the ATI virtual tutor.

When do classes begin?

The enrollment dates vary from year to year.

September 2017

These are the important dates for the class beginning in September 2017.


April 2019
First Deadline

February 1, 2017

Second Deadline

June 1, 2017

Note: All application materials must be received by the deadlines specified above.

May 2018

These are the important dates for the class beginning in May 2018.


December 2019
First Deadline

October 1, 2017

Second Deadline

February 1, 2018

Note: All application materials must be received by the deadlines specified above.

January 2019

These are the important dates for the class beginning in January 2019.


August 2010
First Deadline

June 1, 2018

Second Deadline

October 1, 2018

Note: All application materials must be received by the deadlines specified above.

I have my GED, can I still enroll?

General equivalency diplomas (GED) may be substituted for a standard high school education.  However, the GED meets only the English and Social Studies requirements above.  The math and sciences may be completed at the college level.  Sciences taken at the college level may be considered as prerequisites to the nursing program.  A copy of your GED and a high school transcript for the years you did attend are required as part of the application process.

Do I have to take mathematics courses to enter the nursing program?

Eligible applicants must complete Algebra I, either in high school or college with a “C” or better, and successfully complete one other math course at the high school or college level. Applicants who hold a GED must show successful completion of Algebra I in either high school or college. Contact the admissions office for alternatives.

Can I complete my courses through NursingABC.com?

Applicants may take Mat 091 or higher through NursingABC.com to satisfy the mathematics requirement.

Can I complete my courses through PortageLearning.com?

Applicants may complete their college/university prerequisites through PortageLearning.com.

What are the application deadlines?

Admission review dates will be based on the completion date of the applicant's file and not on the receipt date of the application. Preferred decision deadlines will be scheduled at regular intervals throughout the year and communicated to applicants.

What is the cost?

See Estimated Expenses. Most students’ out-of-pocket costs are considerably less with financial aid and scholarship assistance.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, any student who wishes to be considered for financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office or on-line at fafsa.ed.gov.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, contact the Financial Aid Coordinator.  Scholarship opportunities will be communicated to students for consideration. Other sources you may seek are private clubs and organizations, employers and unions, service clubs and fraternal orders (example: Rotary, Kiwanis), health-related organizations, and churches, religious organizations.

Are St. Luke’s employees given preference over other applicants?

The highest-qualified applicants are accepted, and all applicants are given equal consideration.

Will St. Luke's have work opportunities for me while I am in school?

Yes, students may work within the Network while they are in school.  We offer assistance with contacts at Human Resources for employment.  However, students are encouraged to minimize their work schedule while attending the program.

Will my credits transfer to another program?

Each institution at the four-year level will provide you with an evaluation of your credits and determine how many credits will be accepted for transfer. Contact the RN to BS Coordinator for information on the Moravian College opportunity.

I took courses 10+ years ago, will they still transfer?

Yes, however, it is expected that you make an effort to refresh and be current within all areas of study.

I am currently an LPN, what are my options?

If you have current licensure as an LPN, you will be considered for transfer.  LPNs may be qualified to challenge nursing courses by examination. 

Where will I do clinicals?

Throughout the St. Luke's University Health Network and the surrounding community.

If I have a criminal background, will I still be able to get into your program and/or get a nursing license upon graduation?

Criminal background issues are considered on a case-by-case basis. Admission to the St. Luke's School of Nursing does not guarantee RN licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing may refuse, suspend or revoke any license in certain cases. For further details, please refer to the PA State Board of Nursing's web site and the links to the Professional Nursing Law (RN LAW) and Frequently Asked Questions for the student/graduate nurse. Applicants with questions relating to licensure are strongly encouraged to contact the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Will tattoos impact my acceptance into St. Luke’s School of Nursing?

One of the strengths of our program is the high number of student clinical hours completed within the St. Luke’s University Health Network.  While on a clinical unit, students must comply with St. Luke’s dress code policy, which requires that tattoos or body art of any kind be entirely covered.  Therefore, tattoos that cannot be covered will prevent students from satisfactorily completing the program.